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Internal Controls for Third Party Representatives in a FCPA Compliance Program

This week, I am continuing my podcast series, on the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, on internal controls in best practices anti-corruption compliance program, under the Foreign Corrupt Practices (FCPA), UK Bribery Act or...more

Justin Bieber Does It Again – Time For Anti Bribery Training To Save The Day

Tsk tsk tsk. Just when I thought I was only going to mention him in one blog post this year, I now have the opportunity to write another. Someone has to do it! Justin Bieber is back in the spotlight and this time it isn’t...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 65-World Cup Report-Part I [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, Episode 65 is out. In this episode, I begin a 4 part World Cup series with Mike Brown, Managing Director of Infortal. In this episode we discuss bribery and corruption of referees and...more

May Flowers for GSK? The Corruption Investigation Deepens

April showers bring May flowers, at least that is the old truism. One place it is decidedly correct is at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which began its run as one of the, if not the greatest, annual flower shows in the world...more

A Close Look At Internal Controls

Companies with ineffective internal controls face risks of embezzlement and self-dealing by employees, bribery, export control violations and other possible legal violations. The payment of foreign bribes often occurs in...more

Avoid the Quick Fix: Addressing Government Contracting Ethical Breaches That Can Destroy A Business

For the last 15 years, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) has garnered the most “compliance” attention by companies and the media due to the severe penalties associated with the bribing of foreign government officials....more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – March 3, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

The Simon-Sting Tour And New Information In Your Compliance Program

This past weekend I saw the first show in a multi-city tour by Sting and Paul Simon. I have never been a big Sting or Police fan but I am a huge Paul Simon fan, in all his musical incarnations. As it was their first show,...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – February 3, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

Naval Theorists And The Measurement Of Compliance

If are interested in naval history, strategy and tactics, I have a question for you: Are you a disciple of Alfred Mahan or Julian Corbett? If you are a Mahanian, you probably focus on large naval engagements or the great...more

Governor McAuliffe Signs Ethics Executive Order for Virginia

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, on his first day in office, signed Executive Order 2 "Personnel Directive Prohibiting the Receipt of Certain Gifts; Establishment of Executive Branch Ethics Commission" which bans executive...more

Keep Your Hand On The Control

I am continually amazed at the seemingly disparate current events which provide tangible lessons for the compliance practitioner. In an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled “Hearings on San Francisco Crash Set to...more

Psychopaths In The Board Room? And I Thought The Astros Had A Bad Season

I did not think it would be possible that another Houston professional sports team could under-perform the sad-sack Houston Astros in 2013, who ended the season with a winning percentage of .313%. However the Houston Texans...more

How Straight From The Lion’s Mouth Informs Your Hotline

The symbol of Venice is the Lion of St. Mark. The use of this symbol led to the maxim ‘straight from the lion’s mouth’. This adage came about because the Republic of Venice had its own hotline system where citizens could...more

Venice, The US Navy And Red Flags

Today’s post comes from Venice where I am spending a week. It is one of the most unique and beautiful cities on earth. It was a great maritime power for over 1000 years. At the height of its power, it was the richest city on...more

Reports Just In: Invasions From Mars And The UK Bribery Act

On this day 75 years ago Orson Welles caused a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds” – a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth. The show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 pm....more

The Cost Of Stupid Is Less Than The Cost Of Bribery And Corruption

After the butt-slide play, you might think that the sad sack Houston Astros could not sink even lower but I guess setting the Major League Baseball (MLB) record for the worst record for three straight years is not enough....more

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, Episode 3 [Video]

In this episode, I discuss the ongoing compliance and corruption events in China, some lessons learned from the HP corruption scandal and end a discussion of the duties of a Board of Directors when they find out about...more

The Harvest Moon Will Shine A Light On Compliance

The Harvest Moon is generally considered to be the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox; the day in the fall when night and day are most equal in length. In folklore, the Harvest Moon was a symbol of fruitfulness allowing...more

How To Build A Culture Of Ethics And Compliance: The Greatest Article Ever – Part I

Donna Boehme and Jim McGrath continually rail against the notion that a ‘rogue employee’ causes the majority of bribery and corruption charges under such laws as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act. ...more

Chinese Investigation of GlaxoSmithKlein Broadens as Details Emerge

In the weeks since our first post on the Chinese investigation of GlaxoSmithKlein (GSK) for alleged “widespread bribery of doctors” to induce the prescription of GSK’s drugs, more details have emerged about the bribery...more

In the Crossfire Why Private Equity Firms, Investment Funds & Their Managers Should Beware of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Lance Armstrong and the world of competitive cycling has come under great scrutiny in recent days with the domination of the U.S. Postal team now undermined by the systematic doping that appears to have helped spur the team...more

Astros Swept Again – Is A China Sweep Coming Next?

What is a sweep? It is certainly a well-known and relevant term in the sporting world....more

Travel And Corruption Issues In China

Ed. Note-last month Eric Carlson had a three blog post in the FCPA Blog where he discussed travel risks and corruption in China. In any country, paying for travel for government officials, customers at state-owned...more

The NHL And Compliance: Some Thoughts From Alexandra Wrage On Doing Business Ethically

This past week I chaired the Beacon Events Corruption and Compliance – Asia Congress 2013 conference....more

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